Bliss responds to appointment of new Health Secretary

Posted on July 10, 2018

Our response to the breaking news that Matthew Hancock has been appointed the new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care.

On 9 July 2018, Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Jeremy Hunt to the role of Foreign Secretary. This meant that Matthew Hancock – formerly the Culture Secretary – has taken over the position of Health Secretary.

Caroline Lee-Davey, Chief Executive of Bliss said: “We’d like to congratulate Matthew Hancock on his appointment to the role of Secretary of State for Health and Social Care. We call upon him to confirm his commitment to the goal set by his predecessor Jeremy Hunt to halve stillbirths, neonatal deaths and maternal deaths by 2025, as well as the number of brain injuries occurring during or soon after birth; and to reduce preterm birth from 8 per cent to 6 per cent over the same period.

“We also seek Hancock’s commitment to drive forward the recommendations of the Neonatal Critical Care Review due later this year; including providing the resources need to implement its ten year plan to improve outcomes for all babies born premature or sick.”

Bliss will continue to campaign for adequate funding for neonatal services to ensure that life-saving care for the most vulnerable babies is a priority. Join our campaign here.